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A COVID-Safe Christmas

15 Dec 2021

 

With Christmas right around the corner all of us are ready to relax, unwind and celebrate the festive season, but it’s important we don’t let an uninvited guest ruin what’s supposed to be a merry good time.

Our community has done an incredible job protecting themselves from COVID-19 with the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury regions over 95% fully vaccinated and Penrith and Lithgow not far behind.

Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District Director of Public Health, Dr Victor Carey says it’s encouraging to see such high vaccination coverage however there’s more we can all do.

“COVID-19 doesn’t take a vacation and neither should we when it comes to protecting ourselves from this serious disease,” says Dr Carey.

“Christmas brings with it lots of travel, gatherings and social events. With COVID-19 still in our communities we need to be extra vigilant to keep our loved ones safe during the holiday period.

“There are some simple things you can do to keep yourself and those closest to you COVID-Safe including getting tested and staying home if you’re unwell, getting your first, second and booster vaccinations and following the NSW Health advice.”

Now, everyone aged 18 years and older can receive a booster five months after receiving their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

“Being fully vaccinated is the best protection against serious illness and death from COVID-19,” says Dr Carey.

“If you haven’t received any COVID-19 vaccination yet, please don’t delay.”

Booking your vaccination at a local GP, pharmacy or clinic is easy and free and available at many locations across the region.

High vaccination rates ensure far fewer people will need to be admitted to hospital if they contract the virus.

For more information about COVID-19 vaccination in NSW, visit the NSW Health website.

There are more than 450 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. To find your nearest clinic visit COVID-19 clinics or contact your GP.